So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 3, 2011 - Religion - 320 pages
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For more than a thousand years Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Bhutan were the santuaries of Tantric Buddhism. But in the last half of this century, geopolitics has scoured the landscape of the Himalayas, and only the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan remains true to Tantric Buddhism. As she travels through Bhutan and its neighbots, Crossette introduces readers to a world that has emerged from the middle ages only to find itself peering into the abyss of modernity.


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Review: So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas

User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

Having just visited Bhutan, I found this book very intriguing. The book was written in 1995 and much has changed for this wonderful Bhuddhist country since then. She writes realistically about Bhutan ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marsha Altman - Goodreads

Probably the best book on modern Bhutan that I've read so far. It does jump around in time in terms of the author's travels and spends little time on Sikkim, Ladakh, and Mustang despite the title ... Read full review

Contents

One And Then There Was
3
Two The Druk Gyalpo
21
Three Becoming Buddha
45
Four Before Tibet There Was Bon
63
five The Road from Lumbini
81
Eclipsed by Other Gods
91
No One Heard Us Cry
103
Eight Buddhist Nepal
127
Ten The Dragon People
173
Eleven All Sentient Beings
193
Twelve Aum Rinzis World
207
Thirteen Two Capitals Two Eras
225
Fourteen To Tashigang
241
Fifteen One Sunday in Bumthang
257
An Afterthought
277
Acknowledgments
285

Nine Buddha and the Bhutanese State
151

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About the author (2011)

Crossette is currently The New York Times U.N. Bureau chief.

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